Peppery arugula, thinly sliced mushrooms, red onion and halved grape tomatoes tossed with a simple olive oil red wine vinegar dressing garnished with slivers of shaved Parmesan cheese. This is a great basic salad that complements so many dishes: pasta, pizza, sandwiches, soups, seafood, meats and more. It’s become a personal favorite here at our house since being featured in the Weight Watchers Weekly back in August (8/26-9/1/12).
(I made the salad and snapped a picture before adding the dressing a couple of hours before dinner while there was still enough light to get a decent shot.)
Loaded with Weight Watchers Power Foods , this Italian Arugula salad is a delicious way to boost your vegetable intake at lunch or dinner for minimal PointsPlus. To turn this salad into a heartier main dish meal you could add some chicken, tuna, salmon and/or chick peas.
I love the peppery taste of arugula, but if you don’t you could always use baby spinach or mesclun instead. A few sliced black olives make a tasty addition too.
Weight Watchers Italian Arugula Salad
A simple salad that goes well with pasta, chicken, seafood or pizza.
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 cups baby arugula
2 cups thinly sliced white mushrooms
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
¼ cup sliced black olives (optional)
1 ounce Parmesan Cheese, preferably Parmigiano Reggiano, at room temperature
In a small bowl, whisk together the red wine vinegar, water, olive oil, salt and pepper until well blended.
In a large bowl combine the arugula, sliced mushrooms, grape tomato halves, sliced onions, and olives if using.
Drizzle the dressing over the salad a little at a time, tossing well to coat everything with the dressing. (You may need less dressing than you have, especially if you prefer your salads lightly dressed.)
Using a vegetable peeler, shave very thin slices of Parmesan on top of the salad and serve immediately.
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving: 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus Value (PPV)